Monday, July 16, 2012

Hey errbudddy,

This last week was AWESOME! Tuesday Elder Bates and I were out walking to one of our lessons when Elder Cusick called me to ask if he could still get ladies if he didn't have an appendix. I said, "Not if you die because some Malagasy uses the same butcher knife he uses to cut up his cow head to cut you open." Well Wednesday night I found myself at the hospital with Tregagle, Bates, and d Cusick. Cusick had just come out of surgery and he was higher than a kite. I think we got a solid 2 hours of straight comedy recorded on our three cameras. Who knew getting high enables the gift of tongues; Cusick was going off in French, Creole, Malagasy, English and sign language. The nurse got the whole first lesson yelled into her ear along with emphatic hand gestures and a little spit. So because Cusick was in the hospital recovering he wasn't able to go to Tamatave with President to meet the missionaries out there and go to the sickest lemur park in Madagascar :) your boy got hooked up and got to take his place and go. The drive there was not pleasant one bit. There aren't any freeways here, just the smallest windy roads you have ever experienced and after 5 hours your insides are about as jumbled as can be. We got to the park around 4 p.m. and went and saw the crocodiles and then checked into our little banana tree bungalow. For the evening we drove around checking out super fancy hotels and restaurants with President and Sister Adams so they could plan for their future trips. At the last fancy restaurant we ate... Yeah buddy. The next morning bright and early we got breakfast at President's hotel (fancy buffet style) and then took our canoe across the river to get to the island of lemurs. They attack you as you step out of the canoe and crawl all over you. It was probably one of the craziest feelings I'll ever experience. After we had seen all the lemurs on that island we got back in the canoe and paddled upstream to see the ring tailed species on the other island. This email is not doing the justice that this story requires. I got tons of pics and videos but still even that won't do, ya just had to be there.Don't worry, President was in the canoe next to us the entire time. I'm not a disobedient missionary. So that was nuts and awesome. We hit the road again and went to the coastal town of Tamatave and got to work with the missionaries out there. It is sooooooo sick there! Total beach town and just chill as ever. There are 10 missionaries out there and it is hot and humid like Reunion. Sand EVERYWHERE. The people are laid back and nice and bras and clothes are optional, actually I'd say they're frowned upon ha. So that was a bit of a bad deal but hey we deal with what we have to haha. There aren't taxis and busses, but pouse pouses. They're actually bicycle pouses and that's how we get around. Just whip out 50 cents and you're cruisin to your destination. One of the drivers we were talking to tried to rip us off (he wanted like 4 bucks, pffft yeah right) so I had him sit in the pouse with Tregagle and I drove. Everyone that saw me sweating and pedaling was dying. I literally was the first white man they had ever seen pulling a malagasy around in a pouse. Splits with the elders out there was the funnest part of the trip. All the houses are on stilts about 2 or 3 feet off the ground and the roofs are banana leafs. Bungalo would be what you call these cribs. I really hope I get transferred out there. So that was the trip. On Sunday we went to church out there and then drove back to Tana... :( It's good to be home, kind of. Poor Elder Bates had to hang out in an apartment with Cusick the entire week, while Tregagle and I were chillin in Tamatave. How lucky am I right? The downside of all of this is that our area didn't get worked at all. However we called our ward mission leader last night and we had 15 investigators at church. Of course when we take a vacation from work everyone keeps their commitments but the week before when we bust our butts 2 people show up to church. I'm happy that they came though ha I'll take it! Yeah... awesome week, adventure central. Gotta go, love y'all!

Love Jeff   

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